The Huntington Beach High girls' basketball team got its 2013-14 season off to a success Monday and in the process presented Coach Russ McClurg with his 300th career coaching victory with a 69-51 home win over Esperanza.
Freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez scored a game-high 23 points in her varsity debut, and senior guards Stephanie Louie and Paola Roa (seven steals) scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.
McClurg is in his 11th year as head coach at Huntington. He previously was head coach at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel from 1995-2000, and was the girls' junior varsity basketball coach at Huntington from 1991-94.
"I am very humbled and thankful for all the girls who have made this possible," McClurg said. "I am grateful to Huntington Beach High, parents, assistant coaches and the administration for their continued support. I have had a lot of great memories in that 300 [wins], and I hope for many more."
The Oilers put another win on their season's ledger Tuesday when they went to Beckman and scored a 55-39 victory over the Patriots. Roa led the way with 24 points and Wade-Sanchez scored nine.
In other girls' basketball action:
Edison: The Chargers won their season opener Monday by rolling past Irvine, 55-28, in a first-round game of the Century Tournament. Sophomore forward Jackie Bento led all scorers with 11 points. Sophomore forward Justine Modde and junior point guard Marlies DeJong had 10 rebounds a piece.
All 11 Edison players scored in the game.
Fountain Valley: The Barons are playing this week at the Downey Tournament and went 1-2 in their first three tournament games.
They dropped their opener, 49-47, to Santa Fe. Freshman guard Andie Kristinat was the Barons' leading scorer with nine points, and senior post Emily Krause scored eight points. Krause had 10 points, Kristinat nine points and junior guard Michelle Wu seven points in a 50-27 win over St. Matthias.
Krause and Kristinat both scored 11 points in a 51-48 third-round loss to Mayfair.
"We have had a chance to win every game," said Fountain Valley Coach Cory Clarke, whose team was 2-2 through its first four games. "We have had fourth-quarter leads in every game. We haven't executed offensively or defensively at crucial points in games.
"I haven't found the right combinations of players on the court to make that happen. We are learning tough lessons, and finding out how to play together."
Fountain Valley will play host to its 16th annual Hoop Challenge, which starts Monday. The 12-team tournament runs daily through Dec. 14. In first-round games Monday, Huntington Beach takes on Kennedy at 3 p.m., and Fountain Valley plays El Toro at 7:30 p.m.
Marina: Like Fountain Valley, the Vikings are competing at the Downey Tournament. In their first game Monday, they routed Firebaugh, 61-15. Senior forward Natasha Mangham had 11 points and 13 rebounds, senior guard Madison Yutkins 11 points and three steals, senior guard Danielle Kennedy 10 points, five steals and three assists, and junior forward Kydell Pearson had 12 points and six rebounds.
Marina upped its overall record to 3-0 by getting past Kennedy, 45-41, in a second-round game. Mangham had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Kennedy 10 points and 10 rebounds, Pearson nine points and six rebounds, and senior guard Melissa Lindquist eight points and three assists.
"This team has great chemistry and is very competitive," Marina Coach Carol Osbrink said. "I am proud of the way our players are developing as individuals and as a team. Our balanced offense and tough defense has been the key to our early wins."